Free stuff for Call of Cthulhu – Cthulhu Inviticus

So you have played Call of Cthulhu, you have spent time in the 1920s hunting down Eldritch horrors wherever they can be found but now you fancy a change of scenery. As you probably already know, Chaosium publish support for other time periods such as the 1890s, 1990s and 1000s. What you may not have known is that Chaosium have put out samples of a lot of these products out on the internet for free, letting you try out a different setting before you commit to buying the book. Let’s take a look at what’s available for the Cthulhu Inviticus line, and find out how the Romans dealt with the ancient ones.

Cthulhu Inviticus - Bestiae

2 pages, 4 monsters. Each one fits the Roman theme nicely and although are not Cthulhu level bad guys, each one would do as the main antagonist in your game. What you get are a good couple of paragraphs of description as well as a detailed stat block for each creature, everything you need to bring them into your game.

Cthulhu Inviticus - Fabulae

A page of story hooks for a Roman era game. These are not full adventures, they will require fleshing out and NPCs being made but they give you just enough (around a paragraph each) to get your game going. It should be pointed out that some knowledge of the roman world is required, such as place names, but nothing a quick Google-search won’t provide.

Cthulhu Inviticus – Patrocinium

A bit of background detail into Roman society, in particular Roman patronage and how to use it in your game. Only 1 page but still very useful, especially in regards to bringing the group together!

Cthulhu Inviticus - Populos

6 readymade NPCs, complete with stats and descriptions. They are the typical sorts of cultists and soucerors you would expect to find in a Call of Cthulhu game, but with a distinctly Roman feel. Any one of these would serve as an antagonist in a one-shot or even the recurring villain in a long-running campaign.



This is not a complete game for free, nor is it a quick start set of rules. However what it does is provide people who already have the Call of Cthulhu main rule book with a way to play Cthulhu Inviticus before purchasing the book itself. A creative Keeper could take what is presented here and spin it out into weeks, months even years of play. Download these along with the Call of Cthulhu quick-start rules and you could cobble together a pretty good game for absolutely nothing, which is not something to be sniffed at!

If the Main rule book is anything to go off, the no doubt Cthulhu Inviticus is crammed with creatures, period details and story hooks and that these free sample are just the tips of the ice berg. However, there is more than enough here to get you started until you make that purchase. I wish more companies would do this, but then free stuff is always good isn’t it?

Further examples of the limitless generosity of Chaosium, 5/5

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

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